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2018/2019  KAN-CCMIV1158U  CEMS Block Seminar

English Title
CEMS Block Seminar

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 3 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Quarter
Start time of the course Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Min. participants 50
Max. participants 50
Study board
Study Board for BSc and MSc in Business, Language and Culture, MSc
Course coordinator
  • Annette Risberg - Department of Management, Society and Communication (MSC)
Main academic disciplines
  • Human resource management
  • Organization
  • Organisational behaviour
Teaching methods
  • Blended learning
Last updated on 06-06-2018

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Learning objectives
• Raise participants’ individual awareness about gender and diversity and their own cultural values and biases that may influence their behaviour and interactions in organisations.
  • Deepen participants’ understanding of social and organisational mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion.
  • Enhance participants’ readiness, awareness, and skills in order that they may take on roles as leaders and as change agents, encourage respectful behaviour and inclusivity, and effectively manage gender and diversity.
  • Improve participants’ skills in organisational analysis, problem solving, and communicating ideas to improve gender and diversity management practices in a real organisational setting.
Course prerequisites
Prerequisites for registering for the exam (activities during the teaching period)
Number of compulsory activities which must be approved: 1
Compulsory home assignments
Business case presentation.
CEMS Block Seminar:
Exam ECTS 3
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Max. 5 pages
Assignment type Case based assignment
Duration Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Winter
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Students who due to illness or other excused absence cannot participate in the business-case presentation shall instead individually hand in a two pages executive summary of the project written with the case company as audience.
Description of the exam procedure

The exam is in form of a live-case group work. The case companies will present the case Monday, the students will work in groups to solve the case during the week, and then present their solutions to the case companies Friday. The presentation is compulsory.

Each student has to write an individual case study report of maximum 5 pages.


Individual exam: 

  • Written case study report (a 5-page report of the case study)


Compulsory activity:

  • Business case presentation.


Course content and structure

Gender equality and diversity in organizations is a widely-debated topic in society at large and within organizations. This block seminar aims at providing the students with an introductory immersion to the field of gender and diversity management through both academic literature and practice. The seminar responds to demographic changes in society and anticipates future cultural shifts, which demand gender and diversity sensitive managers who are internationally focused, and capable of dealing with complexity. Through lectures, case study discussions, company presentations, independent study, and group assignments including a real gender and diversity business case project, students will learn about how diversity, with its multiple dimensions such as gender, race/ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, disability, and religion/belief, is a process and resource to be leveraged to develop a competitive organisation or business.

Description of the teaching methods
Lecturing, exercises, case teaching, discussions.
Feedback during the teaching period
The students will get feedback during class discussions and on their project work during scheduled supervised business case team work. They will get feedback after their course project.
Student workload
Preparation 5 hours
Teaching 25 hours
Exam 20 hours
Further Information

The course lasts for one week only 

Expected literature

Danowitz, M.A., Hanappi-Egger,E.,  Mensi-Klarbach, H. (Eds.) (2012): Diversity in Organizations: Concepts and Practices. Houndsmill: Palgrave Macmillan.


The paperback version of the textbook is available for order from the Palgrave Macmillan website, priced at £39.99 ( http:/​/​www.palgrave.com/​page/​detail/​diversity-in-organizations-mary-ann-danowitz/​?K=9780230361317), or from amazon.co.uk for £32.99.


The textbook is also available as an e-book for £37.99. Please visit the following URL for details: https:/​/​www.vitalsource.com/​en-uk/​products/​diversity-in-organizations-concepts-and-practices-danowitz-mary-ann-v9781137284877


Note: Students will be required to bring the textbook with them to the block seminar, as it will be used during lectures and case study discussions.

Last updated on 06-06-2018